The Peace Church Memorial Prairie Garden has recently been designated as a waystation for monarchs. Sponsored by Monarch Watch, this program identifies areas that provide habitat for monarchs on their migrations.
As it states on Monarch Watch’s web site:
Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America – at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well.
Monarch Waystation Habitats
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.
Thanks to Mike Schrage for completing the application. You may notice new signs up by the Prairie announcing this designation. It is another way that hillside is a part of providing the grounding for new life.